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Zaha Hadid revises Tokyo Olympic Stadium design after protests

Zaha Hadid revises Tokyo Olympic Stadium design after protests

Architectural backlash

This week, in the wake of protests at the site of the famed architect's planned design for the 2020 Olympics stadium in Tokyo, Zaha Hadid Architects has now confirmed its adapting its design for the structure

After 500 people voiced their outrage with Zaha Hadid's $1.7 billion designed stadium, the architecture firm has confirmed that its redoing the design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium.  

Zaha Hadid's competition-winning design for the 80,000-seat stadium was verbally attacked by Japanese architects including Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, and Sou Fujimoto, who said it will be "too big" in comparison to its surroundings.

The UK-based firm says the new "refined" design will "optimise the investment and make the stadium even more efficient, user-focussed, adaptable and sustainable."

Zaha Hadid revises Tokyo Olympic Stadium design after protests (фото 1)

The Japan Sports Council  had already massively reduced the approved funds for the project after sports minister Hakubun Shimomura expressed concernd over the fact that it was "too massive a budget".

In response, Zaha Hadid Architects also changed its proposal to use more cost-efficient and lighter materials.

The firm refused to comment on whether the scale of the stadium  which will host opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 games  will be cut back, stating that the size is decided by the capacity needed for hosting sporting events both during and after the games.

Zaha Hadid revises Tokyo Olympic Stadium design after protests (фото 2)